The Catch-22 of African Migrants in “Israel”

The issue of African migrants in “Israel” is a tricky one for both the Zionist entity and the original Palestinian inhabitants because each party to the conflict could exploit these individuals for strategic use against the other in spite of there being differing arguments on both sides to simply expel them back to their homelands. …

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Five Underreported Initiatives That Change the World

The Pacific Alliance, Three Seas Initiative, Continental Free Trade Area, Vision 2030, and the Asia-Africa Growth Corridor are changing geopolitics, but comparatively few people have ever heard of these projects, let alone have any idea how Russia could benefit from them.  The world is in the midst of multiple paradigm-changing processes as the post-Cold War …

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Lack of Global Leadership Spurs Instability in the Middle East

With multiple Middle Eastern disputes threatening to spill out of control, United Arab Emirates minister of state for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash acknowledged what many in the Middle East have long said privately: the UAE’s recently-found assertiveness and determination to punch above its weight stems from its inability to rely on traditional allies like the …

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Saudi Oil Shipment Halt: A Potential Watershed in the Yemen War

A spike in oil prices as a result of a temporary halt in shipments through the strategic Bab el Mandeb strait may be short-lived, but the impact on Yemen’s three-year-old forgotten war is likely to put the devastating conflict on the front burner. The halt following a Saudi assertion that Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen …

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Xi Jinping and Cyril Ramaphosa at The Council for Scientific and Industrial Reasearch (CSIR) in Pretoria on July 24, 2018 © Phill Magakoe / AFP

China Sees Trump’s Trade War as an Opportunity to Boost Ties with Africa

Donald Trump’s trade war with China is becoming more problematic as China seeks growing relations with the African continent. “The United States has initiated trade actions affecting a broad group of countries and faces retaliation or retaliatory threats from China, the European Union, its NAFTA partners and Japan, among others. Our modelling suggests that if …

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Vice President of the United Arab Rulerates (UAE) and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (C) attends the opening of the Global Business Forum on Africa, in Dubai on 1 November, 2017 (AFP)

Who Stands to Gain and Lose from Peace Between Ethiopia and Eritrea?

On 9 July 2018, in a historic meeting in the Eritrean capital, Asmara, Ethiopia’s prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, and Eritrea's president, Isaias Afewerki, signed an agreement on peace and friendship, officially ending their almost two decades-long cold war. To reach this point, on 5 June, Ethiopia finally accepted a peace agreement that both countries had …

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African Homeland Stories of France’s World Cup Heroes

80% of the French World Cup team is of African heritage, yet their victory in the tournament didn’t result in any increase in awareness about their homelands’ stories, which is a pity because it could have otherwise been a priceless opportunity to inform the world about what’s happening in the continent. France’s victory in the …

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A man helps load a cargo ship in the Port of Berbera in Somaliland on 5 December 2015 (AFP)

Gulf States in Dangerous Scramble for Africa

The Horn of Africa might be most infamous for the pirates that lurk along its coastline, capturing oil tankers and holding their crews to ransom. Yet the region is rapidly assuming global political significance, its internal tensions both fuelling and exacerbating a race among foreign powers to gain influence. Observers worry that this modern-day scramble …

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China’s Military Interests Along the Silk Road Stretch from Sea to Shining Sea

Leaked Chinese military documents purport that the People’s Liberation Army will seek to expand its presence across the world in order to defend its Silk Road interests. The Japan Times was the first outlet to report on the plans that putatively circulated in Chinese circles back in February and which implored the state to concentrate …

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